A year after their last V/A EP, Boxed let rip with another future-fired session that leaves no under illusion what this multi-crew collective are capable of. Boylan & Oilgang set the record straight with a brutal slab of pulverising alien bass before Rebore dusts of his string quartet and gets busy over a rifle-style breakbeat that's not often exploited in grime. Elsewhere Slackk and Logos take us deep into the swampy jungle with an unnerving set of synth tones before flipping us skyward with an elastic bassline that comes from nowhere while Fallow shuts us down with a mighty slice of gun-toting grime drama. Brutal through and through; it's time to think inside the Boxed once again.
Chow Down serves up its second release with the adventurous grime exploits of Fallow and DJ Chalice, twisting out all kinds of audacious bass shapes that would set the dance alight at parties such as Boxed. Fallow takes the A side with confidence, fresh from a release on Blood Frenzy, and "Blitz" shows the emergent producer is taking no prisoners with a hail of bullets and haunting Indian classical samples. "Northern Don" is a more wobbly synth-rich beat, while "Operation Dark Fruit VIP" amps up the grime strings. DJ Chalice has a lighter touch, bringing in some sunnier melodics and embracing the RnB influences on "Artois Anthem".
Dubstep, garage, grime and funky from London's top purveyour of said aesthetic: White Peach. Manchester's Fallow delivers an interesting take on Oriental music fusion with his splendid "String Assassin" in collaboration with NYC upstart Alex Compton, London's Kaido dabbles in a similar vibe on "Kennedy Bridge" which is deep dubstep just the way we like it. Elsewhere, Bristol's Nakes gets some hypnotic polyrhythms in effect with "Moksha" and label boss Zha delves into the exotic on "Without". This is proper London street sound at its best: respect!
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